Italian Coast Guard and NGOs Partnership to Combat Illegal Fishing

Written by on December 8, 2014 in Editor's Choice, Policy & Ocean Law

On November 27, the Italian Coast Guard and conservation organization The Black Fish signed an agreement to help combat illegal fishing in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Black Fish and the Italian Coast Guard sign a historic agreement to combat illegal fishing. Photo credit: The Black Fish.

The Black Fish and the Italian Coast Guard sign a historic agreement to combat illegal fishing. Photo credit: The Black Fish.

“We have set out today on a new collaboration, based on our positive experiences of working with The Black Fish to date,” Captain Samiani of the Messina section of the Italian Coast Guard said in a news release. “We want to continue this partnership within our region and see how, in future, we can expand it to our command structure nationwide.”

The historic agreement paves the way for “direct cooperation between NGOs and authorities” and details how the organizations will share evidence and intelligence in an effort to end illegal fishing operations. The groups will also work together to further enforcement of fisheries regulations in the area.

“The Mediterranean Sea is a hotbed of illegal fishing activity, often with involvement from organised crime organisations,” explained Wietse van der Werf of The Black Fish. “We have investigated and exposed fishing crime in this region over the last years and are very pleased to announce that thanks to this new cooperation with the Italian Coastguard, the evidence collected by our Citizen Inspectors can now aid enforcement directly. Working in partnership with one of Europe’s largest maritime enforcement organisations is a big deal for conservation.”

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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